When He Fell by Kate Hewitt

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I went into this book blind, only seeing it was about two 9 year old boys. As I have an adult son and currently have an 8 year old, I felt I could relate to the characters in this book. What I didn’t realize was how heart wrenching it would be for me! I had to dig for tissues as there was an ugly cry moment – or 2 – and it has changed the way I look at my children.

We follow the lives of 2 moms, one married, one a single mom, as they raise their sons. One is a rambunctious, lively little boy, full of life and energy. The other boy is quiet and subdued, more introverted and self contained. Yet they meet at a school for children who wouldn’t do well in the public school system, and become fast friends.

While the book is about the boys, it’s more about the moms. How the interact with others, their reactions and actions. It really makes you stop and think about how you would react in the same situation. Are you guilty of the same? I know after reading this book I am more aware of how I interact with my own children. They’re only little once, and I am trying to be more aware and present in the moments we’re together.

I highly recommend this book and you can find it at Amazon. (I did tell the author, and the publisher was made aware of the typos found in the book. So far they haven’t fixed them, but they’re not too bad or distracting.)

When He Fell

I truly hope you enjoy the book as much as I did!

Captivated by Nora Roberts

Captivated is an older book by Nora – I’m working through my bookshelf! If you don’t believe in the unexplained, witches, magic, etc. then this book isn’t for you. It revolves around 3 cousins, born to the triplet (times 2!) parents, who all have a special gift.

Set in Monterey and Carmel, CA, our resident witch, Morgana Donovan carves out a nice life for herself with her Wicca Shop. The screen writer who is looking to write a new movie, Nash Kirkland, is a down to earth sort. Doesn’t believe in anything he can’t see, or can’t be proven by science. He’s looking to write a new witch based movie, but clings to the old Hollywood stereo types. Can he come to believe in things that can’t be explained? Will her cousins end up stepping in and use their magick on him?

You’ll have to read for yourself! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, from start to finish. The chemistry between the couple is unmistakable, even if the characters fight against it.

If you want to find out for yourself how things work out (and if she changed him into a frog), you can go to Amazon to purchase. This is my affiliate link, and as such, I will be compensated if you purchase though the link – it will help me keep the blog going. Thanks!

Holiday in Death by J.D. Robb

Holiday in Death by J.D. Robb, is part of her “in Death” series. You would think that after a dozen or so books she would run out of ways for people to die, but no. lol She’s either very twisted or watches too much tv. I don’t care which as long as the books keep coming!

The “in Death” series is set in New York city, in the year 2058 (well, for this book at least). In the final weeks of 2058, and you would think death could take a break. In the snowy, cold days bodies are found and it’s up to Eve Dallas to find the killer. Of course we have the sarcastic wit of Peabody to lighten up the mood, along with Eve’s homicide department and the “boys” of the EDD (Electronics Detective Division) where they dress loud and work louder. Add in the love of a good man (and who wouldn’t want the world’s richest man completely besotted with you?) and a chocolate thief, and you have the life of Eve. Not to forget Roarke’s majordomo Sommerset who is the bane of Eve’s existence. How is she supposed to Christmas shop (where *did* she acquire all those friends? Wasn’t she a loner just a few short years ago?) while she’s busy chasing down a murderer.

To find out if she finished her Christmas shopping and if she caught the murderer before more blood was shed, you’ll have to get your own copy! (This is my affiliate link, and if you purchase through my link I will receive compensation. It will help offset the cost of running the blog. Thanks!)

In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins

In Your Dreams – yes, I do believe it was! lol Kristan Higgins really hit it out of the park with this novel. It’s part of the Blue Heron series, but please know they can be read as stand alone novels as well. I think you’ll find you want to know the other characters stories as much as I did and will run to find them!

In this book we learn about Em, who was invited to her ex-finace’s wedding. (Right? How tacky of the bride and groom!) She can’t go alone for obvious reasons – can’t have anyone think she’s not over him! In steps good ole Jack. Whenever a girl in town needs a date, they call Jack. (I know I would!)

Off to Cali they go for their weekend “date”. What ensues could be on an episode of Dr Phil – or my family reunion. Keeping up the charade is no problem for Jack, he’s actually quite enjoying himself. Em, on the other hand, is having issues coming to terms with what her ex-fiance was and what he’s turned into. Not to mention his new finacee. How could he go from her to that? Does she still love him? A few “you’d never believe what happened” events occur, and we find out if Em is really ready to move on.

To find out more, hop on over to Amazon for your very own copy. This is my affiliate link, and I will be compensated if you purchase through my link, which will help off set the cost of running the blog.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to have more reviews posted soon!

The Wanderer by Robyn Carr

This book is part of Robyn Carr’s Thunder Point series. Thunder Point is fictional town on the Oregon coast. While it may be fictional, Ms Carr brings it to life in the pages of her book. The book is part of a series, but it can be read as a stand alone novel.

In The Wanderer, we meet Hank Cooper. Hank is an old Army buddy of a Thunder Point resident who was found dead in his bar. A phone call Hank receives says it may not have been an accident. So he decides to head on up to see what the real story is.

Hank isn’t much for staying in one place for long, and when he finds out he’s the new owner of his buddy’s bar, he’s not sure what to do. Sell it off? If he does that, it could change the whole town – not something that would have bothered the old Hank, but he’s becoming a part of the community, like it or not. He befriends a local teen who is also new to the town, and meets the boy’s older sister. A series of events unfold that make Hank question leaving. The man who avoids all long term relationships is actually thinking about staying? Just what could he be thinking?

To find out more you’ll have to pick up your own copy! This contains my affiliate link, which means if you click and purchase the book through my link I will get compensated.

I hope you enjoy this books as much as I did!

The Winter Lodge by Susan Wiggs

I’ve never read anything by this author before this book, and wish I would have paid attention that it is part of a series! No worries, as I do have the first book and it is a stand alone novel (I actually didn’t realize it wasn’t the first book until the end! lol). (Please note, this is my affiliate link, I will be compensated if you purchase the book through my link which will help me keep the blog running! Thank you.)¬†

At 459 pages, this book is a bit longer than my normal reads, but I had no issue plowing through and devouring every word! I could relate with the female lead character, as I am also the first born American child to immigrants from Poland and my mother also died when I was young (I was younger and have no memories of mine, unlike our lead here). The recipes are an added bonus and added some history and background to our characters.

I know most of us felt trapped at some point in our lives. Whether it was family responsibilities or something else, you can relate to our heroine. It’s more than just her story though. It’s her family’s story. A family she didn’t know she had until recently (the first book I was speaking about), and how she’s coming to terms with having more relatives than just her adoring grandparents.

I was going crazy trying to figure out the back story to the two leads and their friend. Was he dead? Did he pack up and leave? What happened between them? It kept me reading until the end – and I wasn’t disappointed! I may or may not have shed a few tears and laughed out loud at certain parts. Not saying my kids would look at me like I lost my mind or ask me what was wrong, but I do believe they’re getting used to my actions when reading now.

If you would like your own copy to find out what happens – what made me laugh or cry – you can get your copy here¬†at Amazon. It’s my affiliate link, so I may make a few cents on your purchase (to help me keep the blog going).

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you again soon! More reviews to come!

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Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I have to say this was one of the most disappointing books I’ve ever read. In.my.life. I kept hearing how it’s a best seller, rave reviews from all outlets. It’s a thriller. Can’t put down read. Seriously people? I found nothing suspenseful about this book. Wasn’t too keen on the whole he said, she said chapter formatting to begin with. The characters weren’t likable – I think she was a frenemy in school and I’m almost certain I slept with him once upon a time. No, not a good thing. I honestly can’t think of one character in the whole book that was likable. Or had redeeming qualities. Isn’t that supposed to be a big to do when writing? Big fail there.

I have to say I’m a huge fan of crime shows. NCIS, CSI, Forensic Files, etc. My kids and I love these shows. We kid we could get away with murder since they’d never find the body. (jokes, really!!) Everything that went on in this book was like watching a crime show montage.

Add in the bumbling police department in a small town, and you have the complete picture of stereotypes we try to overcome. I’m living in a small town, and I hate to tell Miss Flynn, but there are procedures to follow. Yes, they may let some of their feelings for the person taint the investigation, but they actually look for facts. The facts in this book were sketchy. A little too *perfect* for a crime. Maybe if it would have been set before there was a crime show on every channel I could believe even part of this story, but no. It was almost textbook, which would make any cops “spidey sense” go on full alert.

I had a hell of a time reading this book. Just couldn’t get into the story. Kept putting it down. Even reading other books while reading this one – I have a rule, one book at a time. Took me *months* to finish. Then my 14 year old wanted to read it. Okay, go for it. I needed an unbiased opinion from another avid reader. She hated it as well. She devoured The Hunger Games, Allegiant and other longer books in no time. Like me, she had problems reading this one.

My oldest saw the movie and said it was another reason she wasn’t getting married. We haven’t seen the movie (although I would like to for just one scene. No spoilers from me, but it does have to do with Ben), but I’m thinking when I figure out why my TV is acting wonky my teen and I may just have a movie night.

That being said, I will read other books by her, and I will go by the “If you loved Gone Girl, try these book” lists. You never know, I may like her other works, or find another author to read. I’d have to say though, if you haven’t read it, don’t bother. There’s a quote about life being too short to read bad books. I do believe in that, but as I’m doing this blog, I felt it was in my best interest to read the whole book so I could give a full review.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Well, we made it to 2016. I know I’m still waiting on my flying cars and other Jetson’s gadgets, but can you imagine traffic then? Yikes! lol
Do any of you make resolutions? I don’t. I used to, like most of you. Lose weight, stop smoking (which I did, yeah me!), get organized, etc. This year though, I’m making goals. Blog regularly, read a book (or more!) a week, start saving, pay ahead when I can on bills, travel more. This summer, while the hubby was working lots of overtime, I used that extra money to stock up on meats. Filled out chest freezer pretty well. Good thing too as hours are hard to come by now that the weather cooled, but not too cool to need heat. We lived off of what I bought for over 2 months now. Wish I would have followed through on the paying ahead on some bills too though!
I was accepted into some ARC groups. Super excited about that! I have a novella and a book sent to me, but when I went to download them to my ipad, I was told I all ready did. So I sent off an email to the place where they came from. Hope I can get that figured out – or I’ll just email the author about that mix up. Also one of the authors came out with a review sheet. I plan to print some myself, but if I do numerous reviews, it may pay for me to get them printed elsewhere to save my ink.
With the start of the new year I plan to try to get myself a bit organized. That means printing out planners and such. Blogging planners, household planners, budgeting worksheets, etc. So many good ones on Pinterest! I’m thinking about just printing out a bunch and seeing which ones work best for me. Maybe tweaking some myself and seeing if I can make my own. I know I had used one for Christmas a few years ago and it worked out well. Write down what each kid wanted on one side and what was bought on the other, Christmas cards sent and received, etc. I do believe I got that from Organized Christmas and loved their countdown to Christmas as well! Each week you have a specific task which helps when you have kids, husband, work and real life intruding on your holidays! lol
Hoping y’all bear with me as I learn how to make my page pretty and find my groove in posting. I do plan to join in giveaways with other bloggers and hoping to talk some authors into including my page in their giveaways!
If anyone knows of any easy way to organize book lists to where I can see all of my book lists incorporated into one, taking out all of the duplicates and organizing by author or alphabetically, and I don’t need to be computer smart, please let me know! I saved a bunch of lists over on Pinterest, but I know some lists have the same books listed, and some authors have multiple books listed. Would make my shopping so much easier!
Thanks for stopping by and hope to see more of you soon!

My “Why”

There are numerous review blogs out there and I’m bound to get asked why I started my own. Well, to be truthful, I love to read. I mainly read romance as I believe in love. What I don’t believe are the reviews I see from the various newspapers and professionals who tout a book as being “A great read!” “Must read book!” and the like. Why? Because I’ve read some of those books and have been left disappointed. I wanted to know just what these people got out of the book that I didn’t. Am I that much of a book snob that I can’t enjoy the new release, “book of the moment”? I don’t think so as my teen daughter also read the one book and she found it to be a real let down.
I have a bookcase plus full of books waiting for me to read and review. Mostly thanks to me entering Goodreads giveaways, but I also scour yard sales, thrift stores and used book stores. Add in the book lists I saved on Pinterest, and I’ll never be lacking for reading material! If someone would come up with an app or some sort of program where I could input these lists and have them be sorted into alphabetical order and also by author, that would be great! Right now I’m handwriting them out (due to how they are in their articles), and then I’ll try to figure out some kind of spreadsheet. As I’m not exactly computer savvy, this could take much longer than it should. Wonder if I could bribe a teen to do it for me?
As I said, I’ve been disappointed with reviews I’ve seen. So, me being me, I decided it was time people heard my opinions about books. Maybe the movies and some music, but mainly books. This also gives me that excuse I need to read more. lol If it’s part of my job, then who is going to tell me I shouldn’t be reading?
Please bear with me as I learn how to make my blog pretty and interesting for you. Being a pinaholic, I have pins saved to teach me these things, but computers don’t make sense to me, so it may take me a bit. I do have a few books read and ready to be reviewed, so I’m hoping to get those done within the next few days. Please bear with me as I get my bearings!